john bennett | this is your pilot speaking

This Is Your Pilot Speaking

His whole life was a hornet’s nest of widowed white lies. A care package of broken peace treaties. Trick cigars and titanium kneecaps.

He came up short on diplomas and trophies. Love bouquets and old friends. But there was no end to the hate mail and the thinly-veiled threats. The hang-up phone calls and tarnished wedding rings. To things that went bad in the frig.

Still they gave him a passport, no questions asked. Ushered him past security at the airport into a back seat on the plane. There were no stewards or stewardesses, no other passengers. The plane climbed to cruising altitude and leveled out.

He looked out the small portal at a sky full of stars. Then thumbed thru a magazine to keep his mind off what would happen once he landed.

click the Hcolom Press logo to visit the web page...HCOLOM PRESS is the heir to Vagabond Press, which began as a main player in the Mimeo Revolution of the Sixties and continued publishing right into the jaws of the new millennium. HCOLOM PRESS embodies the spirit of Vagabond Press, retooled for the times we live in.

Hcolom is Moloch spelled backwards. Moloch is an Old Testament deity to which children were sacrificed, a practice society still engages in with increased enthusiasm. Consumerism is the new Moloch, manifesting itself like cancer in war, politics, the arts and religion, in every nook and cranny of human endeavor, draining the intrinsic beauty out of life and mutilating the innocence and magic of childhood with its commercial meat hook. HCOLOM PRESS intends to publish books that by their nature repudiate this pernicious force–novels, poetry, children’s books and books that transcend genre.

Our launch book, in June of 2006, was John Bennett’s novel, Tire Grabbers, a fable of sorts, a reality book rooted in the fantasy of our times, the story of the coming of Moloch and the children who rise up in rebellion against it.

Books of kindred spirit will follow close on its heels. Go for it by clicking here… or hit the Hcolom logo above…

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